Hello. These are the plans I have for a new workbench. I think I have decided that now is the time to build a bench I won’t need to remake. I have done lots of studing on workbench designs and could not decide between the German bench and the Roubo because of the leg vise. I had some thoughts in mind to making a double sided bench and incorporating both bench designs. I soon came across the Edwards bench. http://woodtreks.com/design-build-traditional-woodworking-workbench-tail-shoulder-leg-vises/1651/ My design is not a reproduction of his bench, only based off the same concept of a double sided German/Roubo bench.
I am going to use hard maple for the entire bench and 2” wooden screws with internal garters on the legvise and tailvise. I will use splines and 4 bolts through the end caps to hold the bench top together. My bench has a 3/4” gap between the two bench sides, instead of a tool tray which I think will collect wood shavings quickly and add too much width to the bench. This gap will allow the top boards to move and provide similar abilities as the bench Bob Rozaieski built http://www.logancabinetshoppe.com/podcast-the-workbench.html The base will be built with pegged and through mortise and tenons and attached to the top with bullet dowels. The top is designed at 72” long (without the tailvise length) 42” wide at the should vise and about 30” wide across the bench top. I’m a short guy and I do a lot of hand planing so the bench will be about 31” high. When I get material for the bench I am willing to change some bench dimensions to use the most of the the lumber I have.
In the drawings I made the top, base, and moveable parts 3 seperate colours for easier viewing. The bench has a should vise, tail vise, crochet, leg vise, sliding deadman and the removeable spacer between the bench top. The drawing does not include some of the joinery or fasteners like the bolts and rods, aswell as holes for hold fasts in the roubo side of the bench and dog holes along the tail vise.
If anyone sees anything that may be a design flaw or something that should be changed please let me know.
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